Oct 9, 2011
Cruise for Gold Qualifier—Julie Miller
Congratulations to Julie Miller from Fargo, North Dakota, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip!
Oct 9, 2011
Congratulations to Dave and Lisa Alexander from Monroe, Michigan, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip!
Oct 9, 2011
Congratulations to Jeff Carlton from Gardnerville, Nevada, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip. Here's what he had to say about qualifying for the cruise…
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Aug 22, 2011
It is a hot summer day in Traer, Iowa, and Joshua Edwards is strapping on his rollerblades. There was a time not too long ago when Joshua would've been too embarrassed to leave the house with his rollerblades on, ashamed of the looks and the whispers as strangers caught a glimpse of the 340-pound man glide by. That was then. Today is different, and so is Joshua both on the outside and inside after nine solid months of hard work on the MonaVie RVL program.
Two injuries to the same leg within a year's time and then hyper-extending a tendon in his elbow the following spring was all it took to set Joshua on a potentially deadly path of obesity six years ago.
"Ever since gaining the weight, I've tried everything and then some in order to lose it," Joshua says. "It didn't matter to me if the products came with warnings, negative side effects, or ingredients that weren't good for my body. If it would make me lose weight, I was doing it. Many times I'd 'succeed' by losing 20–40 pounds, but I'd gain it all back within weeks or months."
When Josh was introduced to MonaVie in July of 2010, he saw it as a great way to help him live healthier as well as make some extra money. But, it was three words he heard from MonaVie President of North America Sales Jeff Graham at a MonaVie event that changed his life.
"When I heard Jeff say 'weight management system,' I got really excited," Joshua remembers. "At the age of 21, I just couldn't stand myself. It was time to change something!"
A breakfast shake, a lunch shake, snack bars and a dietary supplement in between, virtually anything he chooses for dinner, and lots of exercise—that's the daily MonaVie RVL program that Joshua says has helped him lose 105 pounds. He says that of all the weight-loss programs he's tried, MonaVie RVL has been the easiest, best tasting, and most effective.
"I absolutely love and swear by MonaVie RVL," Joshua says. "I wish it had been around six years ago when I started doing everything that had anything to do with weight loss. Going forward, I'm focused on losing another 40 to 50 pounds, maintaining it with RVL, and becoming a solid Gold Executive by the end of the year."
Get a Little Uncomfortable
Joshua says he is also going to help others dream like he has and do things they may never have thought possible. The secret, he says, is they just need to be willing to make a little sacrifice.
"If you follow the program, get a little uncomfortable by doing workouts, and not let other people's views—or what you think they'll say—weigh you down, you can do anything you set your mind to," Joshua says.
On this day, the 22-year-old has his mind set on getting his daily workout in. Before he goes, he reflects on how much has changed since he began his MonaVie journey.
"Because of MonaVie RVL, I'm living a more meaningful life," he says. "I'm no longer embarrassed to go out in public. I enjoy jogging, walking, biking, and rollerblading; and, I don't care if people see me working out. So many people want to lose weight, and they ask me how I'm doing it. I tell them, and they get on the product. Some even go on to build the business. I'm Joshua Edwards. I'm all in for life. And, I am MonaVie!"
Jun 6, 2011
Congratulations to Randy and Kellie Keling from Wentzville, Missouri, on achieving the rank of Ruby Executive. Here's what they had to say on reaching this impressive milestone...
"This is the best company we have ever been affiliated with. We have an awesome team in the St. Louis area, and we expect more great and awesome things to come from them!
"Our road to Ruby was fun, a great learning experience, humbling, and frustrating all at the same time. It took tenacity, work, and the belief that God would honor our commitments and our work. We have always been told that God honors commitments and to pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on us.
"We have never been afraid of work, but you have to be teachable and willing to lead; don't just follow. We never expect anyone to do more than we are willing to do, and we will continue that policy. We provide an atmosphere where everyone has the chance to grow, lead, and thrive in this wonderful MonaVie opportunity.
"The products are incomparable, and MonaVie RVL is the easiest system we have ever participated in to lose weight. I have lost 33 pounds, and Kellie has lost 20 pounds. It makes it easy to promote RVL to others when they can see our results. The glucosamine in MonaVie Active has also helped my elbow and hand joints, as I have taped drywall for 32 years.
"We are truly blessed to reach the Ruby level, as the construction industry has become very slow and our MonaVie income has filled a needed gap. Kellie is able to stay at home and watch our first grandson instead of him having to go to a day care, which means a lot to our daughter.
"Some advice we would like to share on building the business is to believe in yourself first, and then believe and pour yourself into your team players that want it and will allow you to become best friends with them. We quit trying to pull people along that were not ready. Find a mentor and buddy, and seek that special relationship with them. Then, have fun; have fun; have fun! Attack your dreams!"
Jun 1, 2011
When we last checked in with Steve and Navneen Dhaliwal from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, earlier this year, they were new Ruby Executives in the world of MonaVie. We are pleased to announce that the Dhaliwals have already advanced to Emerald Executive! Here's what they had to say on reaching this impressive milestone...
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
"We are grateful to our upline and our team for their unwavering support, incredible work ethic, and for their belief in us, which has empowered us to be where we are today! We can't begin to express our excitement and inspiration with reaching this Executive rank of Emerald. To be honored with this rank, which recognizes the qualities and achievements of our team, is phenomenal!
"Today, we can say that we are on track to fulfill of one of our life's dreams: to be in a position where we are able to bless the lives of others all over the world. It is a fact that every man and woman dies; but, unfortunately, not every man and woman really lives. MonaVie will allow you to really live your best life—A More Meaningful Life! We set a goal to buy an exotic sports car when we reached Emerald. MonaVie has allowed us to fulfill this dream. This is just the beginning. See you all at the top!"
Congratulations, Steve and Navneen!
Click here to read their Ruby Executive spotlight.
May 17, 2011
Congratulations to Ruby Executive Glenna Lynch from Castlegar, B.C., Canada, a Lose for MORE Challenge winner! As a contest winner, Glenna receives US$5,000, a trip to Utah for a dream makeover and photo/video shoot, two preferred seating tickets to the 2011 MonaVie International Convention, and lunch with Senior Vice President Jeff Graham. Here's what she had to say on winning the challenge, her experience with MonaVie RVL, and more…
"I wanted to be the mom, wife, and person, I knew I was inside."
"Psalms 1:3 ‘He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.'
"I begin my story with this verse because I believe we are all such trees. We all have our own struggles and trials in life that shape us into who we are. Those hard times we walk through are a pruning so that we will be fruitful in our lives. We bear fruit of those trials so that someday someone else who walks through a similar place in life can eat of that fruit and be supported through their struggles.
"My struggle with weight gain begins with such a trial. At the age of eight, I suffered physical trauma that shaped me. I began to eat because although I had very little control in life, I could control what I put in my mouth. I had made a subconscious decision that if I was not attractive then these things wouldn't happen to me. It was not until much later in life that I realized that I had made this decision, and I have struggled with my weight ever since. I've tried so many different weight-loss schemes, including a variety of weight-loss pills, cleanses, pre-packaged meal plans, drops, and many more. Although I would lose weight, I would ultimately gain it back because these programs were too hard to maintain.
"As I got older I became so exhausted and overwhelmed by work and life and was finally brought to reality when my five-year-old daughter said to me, ‘Mommy, you don't play with me very much.' I realized I was too tired to play. Carrying an extra 50, 75, and 100 pounds with you in everything you do in life is a lot of work. I thought back on one of the pearls of wisdom that I once heard a motivational speaker share, which was ‘The actions you take today dictate where you will be in three months. Decide where you want to go and take the actions today to obtain that goal.' I decided I would take the Lose for MORE Challenge because I needed to take action that day. If it worked, then I could also bring financial blessings to some beautiful kids. I didn't want to be fat and tired anymore! I wanted to be the mom, wife, and person I knew I was inside. I was no longer going to let my extra weight hold me back from playing and enjoying life.
MonaVie RVL—A Maintainable Lifestyle Change
"I will not lie and say I was totally convinced MonaVie RVL would work. I was really skeptical, as I had tried so many times before and failed because I couldn't continue my lifestyle changes. I was so happy to find that at the end of my 12 weeks in the Lose for MORE Challenge, I still craved my shakes and bars. I want to continue to put MonaVie RVL in my body because I feel so energized and motivated when I consume the products. What's more is that I don't crave junk food. This is a lifestyle change I can happily maintain.
"One of the greatest challenges I face is making right decisions on food choices. When I quit smoking, I could simply quit and be done; but, I will have to eat for the rest of my life, so it takes a lot of planning to make healthy meal and snack choices. The MonaVie RVL program makes that part easy by taking away the guesswork: I drink RVL shakes for breakfast and lunch and a RVL dietary supplement and snack bar in between. Dinner is always a sensible choice. My favorite way to make the shakes is to blend it with almond milk and ice. If I get hungry, I add a fruit to my snack or some plain yogurt. I work 12-hour shifts, and MonaVie RVL is very simple to integrate into different sleeping and eating schedules.
"MonaVie never ceases to amaze me with their well-thought-out strategies. The easy online program kept me accountable to weigh in, take my measurements, and log my activities. My favorite recipe online is the zucchini lasagna. So tasty! One exciting thing I gained is the desire to exercise and be active again. I walk between five and seven kilometres, five days a week.
Choose This Day to Be Healthy
"I have learned that taking time away from work and family to get healthy is a huge gift to everyone you love. I am important, and I'm the only one who can make healthy choices to live a longer, more fulfilled life. This life is a journey. I believe it is the only one I get, and I want to enjoy it to the fullest. We will all arrive at a destination, but it is the choices we make today that define that destination. Maybe you related to my story, and maybe you didn't; but, choose this day to be healthy. Value yourself enough to make decisions that will lead you to the destination you desire. For me, I am going to learn to play again!
"Thank you, MonaVie, for your great generosity. I am overwhelmed by being a Lose for MORE winner. I have not yet decided what I will do with this gift, but be assured that as you have blessed me, I will be a blessing to others. All glory and honor to Jesus Christ. I am merely a vessel."
May 17, 2011
Congratulations to Blue Diamond Executive Julian Edwards from Irvine, California, a Lose for MORE Challenge winner! As a contest winner, Julian receives US$5,000, a trip to Utah for a dream makeover and photo/video shoot, two preferred seating tickets to the 2011 MonaVie International Convention, and lunch with Senior Vice President Jeff Graham. Here's what he had to say on winning the challenge, his experience with MonaVie RVL, and more...
My Lifelong Battle with Weight Loss
"It seems as though I have been fighting the battle of the bulge most of my life. The first diet I can remember doing was the infamous grapefruit diet, which I was introduced to at the tender age of 10. (To this day, I won't touch a grapefruit.) In my formative years, I was hoodwinked by a babysitter into believing I must always clean my plate in consideration of the starving children in the world. Adding to the problem of overeating, she beguiled me into napping instead of playing like a normal, active toddler. So, there went the exercise. These bad habits continued into my adolescence when I was dubbed 'big-boned' as I began to resemble the Pillsbury Doughboy.
"The summer prior to my freshman year of high school, I tipped the scales at a whopping 200 pounds! I decided to play football because I was bigger than the rest of the kids. How much bigger you ask? Well, I wasn't able to play Pop Warner football because I would have been grouped by weight category with kids five years my senior. As I continued with my football career through high school and college, I inherited what I will dub the 'offensive lineman syndrome.' I ate what I wanted, but because I was involved in athletics my weight never got out of control. Unfortunately, as my days on the gridiron came to a close, I continued the same eating patterns. And, as the demands of life began to 'weigh down' on me, the pounds just kept accumulating. I can't remember weighing less than 270 pounds in my 30s; and, in my 40s, I hit the inauspicious benchmark of 280 pounds!
"Because I have struggled with my weight issues throughout my life, I've tried a multitude of diets that run the gamut from the aforementioned grapefruit diet to super-cleanse diets. Like most people, I ended up frustrated and miserable. Inevitably, I'd throw in the towel and go back to my old eating habits. I like to eat; in fact, I'm passionate about food, so I've been on a roller coaster ride of emotions all my life. But, now that I've been using MonaVie RVL and received an amazing education on how our bodies work and what they need to work efficiently, I've been able to make a drastic lifestyle change. Now, I ask myself every day, 'Am I eating to live or living to eat?'
My Decision to Join the Lose for MORE Challenge
"During a routine visit to the doctor in October 2010, I was stunned when I weighed in at 280 pounds, the heaviest I've been in my 44 years. A blood panel caused my doctor to have some serious concerns about my health, including obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and pre-diabetes. Although I would work out at the gym, it just wasn't enough to make up for years of neglecting my health. Eventually, it all catches up with you.
"When I first heard about MonaVie RVL, I realized this would be my opportunity to get my health back. I began using the RVL products on November 2, 2010, and stayed on track for the full 12 weeks. By January 25, 2011, I was 30 pounds lighter and feeling pretty good about my weight loss. Around that time, I attended the MonaVie RVL City Tour meeting in Anaheim, California, and heard Jeff Graham talk about the Lose for MORE Challenge. At that point, I decided to reset my goal to see what was possible. I made a commitment to lose an additional 30 pounds to help the kids in Brazil. I had no idea that within the next 12 weeks, I would completely transform my body.
"I have to admit that one of the hardest things for me to do during this challenge was to take off my shirt in front of someone. I hadn't done that in over 15 years, so when the first picture was taken in November 2010, it was like facing the bully that had been beating you up and taking your lunch money. I've continued to do this every day for the last 193 days. Whew!
"Losing 30 pounds within the first 12 weeks gave me such a great sense of accomplishment. I knew I was on to something amazing. I think that my success with MonaVie RVL is due to the simplicity of the process: shake, bar, shake, bar, chicken breast, and green vegetable. The only thing I have to consider is what flavor marinade to use on the chicken breast. It just feels right, and I've regained control over my eating habits.
The Metaphorical Icing on the Cake
"The shakes and bars are really delicious, so it's easy to stay with this remarkably simple and satisfying program. Believe me, I've had a lot of meal replacements and shakes over the years and MonaVie is by far the best, hands down! MonaVie RVL leaves me feeling full and content with no letdown between meals.
"Updating my progress weekly helps me stay focused because knowing that I have to submit my weight loss each week is just the incentive I need. I have achieved my personal goals through a daily routine that begins with a workout at a gym from 4 to 6 a.m. I have my first shake at 7:30 a.m., followed by a snack bar and dietary supplement at 10:30 a.m. My afternoon meal consists of a shake at 1 p.m. and a bar and dietary supplement at 3:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. is usually grilled chicken breast and a green vegetable.
"With the help of MonaVie RVL products and the motivation of the Lose for MORE Challenge, I am already a true winner. How many people can sincerely say they feel better today and are happier with their bodies than they were when they were 20 years old? Not many, but I can! Now my physical appearance matches how I have always felt on the inside—young and full of energy."